Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
  • Professor of Business Administration
Education
  • PhD University of Michigan 1984
  • MS University of Michigan 1981
  • AB University of Michigan 1974

Contact Information

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(734) 615-6663
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Research

Dr. Michael Gordon is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Social Entrepreneurial Studies and past Associate Dean for Information Technology. His teaching and research focus on solving societal problems through enterprise. In this way, businesses and other organizations can create sustainable, impactful changes in the areas of poverty, health care, education, and the environment.

Gordon has worked with leading scholars on these issues and is co-author of the Base of the Pyramid Protocol, which guides companies wanting to co-create new businesses with local communities and organizations in the developing world. He has been involved in BoP Protocol efforts in Kenya, South Africa, and Flint, Michigan.

He has published empirical research about the scope and extent of current involvement at the base of the pyramid, how BoP activity depends on innovation, and how it benefits firms and local communities. He was won numerous awards for his teaching and is an award-winning innovator and author.

He has recently completed a book, Design Your Life, Change the World: The Path of a Social Entrepreneur , which focuses on how people, organizations, and all of society create change. Presently, he is researching and writing about how we can understand and create societal change by examining the evolutionary processes of innovation and invention. He blogs at profmichaelgordon.com

Featured Books

Design Your Life, Change the World: Your Path as a Social Entrepreneur

Design Your Life, Change the World: Your Path as a Social Entrepreneur
Michael Gordon

Gordon's book explores what world-changing individuals and organizations are doing in the areas of poverty alleviation, health care, education and the environment. It discusses the activities of dozens of "changemakers" who are leading the way, as it as delves into their personal lives to reveal the very human side of these individuals as they make decisions, overcome their fears and keep moving ahead even when circumstances change....

Inclusivity: Will America Find Its Soul Again.

Inclusivity: Will America Find Its Soul Again.
Michael Gordon and Christian Sarkar

Americans want a fairer distribution of wealth and a more equitable distribution of opportunity. We want inclusivity--but how can we achieve it? This book discusses eight perspectives on creating a more inclusive United States, each of which is already taking place and none of which requires government intervention. This book looks at problems of health, education, livelihood, and a deteriorating environment in both urban and rural America, and it tells the stories...

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